Connecticut lawmakers to recognize accomplished NYU student for mentoring efforts

A Milford college student will soon be recognized by the Connecticut delegation to Congress for his mentoring efforts.
Bridgeport native Ikechukwu Dikko, 21, is an accomplished student who is fully fluent in a dozen foreign languages. Experts say the Notre Dame West Haven High School graduate’s unique skill set can make him valuable in fields like business, finance and diplomacy.
In addition to studying global health as a senior at NYU, he is known to spend time on mentoring and volunteer efforts.
Dikko was happy to find out this week that the Connecticut congressional delegation plans to recognize him for being a role model to young people and positively contributing to the state.
In September, Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy will hold a ceremony in Washington, D.C. on behalf of the delegation to recognize him.
Dikko tells News 12 that it feels great to promote inclusion and diversity on a local and global scale.
“It's important to be able to have the proper cultural competency that it takes to be able to interact with people from different backgrounds, from different cultures, from different countries,” he said.
His father, Chuck Dikko, says he is proud of his son’s academic success and dedication to helping others.
"It's good to see a kid who is always reaching to do more,” he said. “My son is an inspiration to me because he does a lot of things that are great to see in young people growing up today. He is intelligent and he is caring."
Dikko says he is working toward a career that will allow him to use his language skills in a field that combines diplomacy and public health.